Footpace

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Footpace A dais, or elevated platform; the highest step of the altar; a landing in a staircase.
    • Footpace A walking pace or step.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n footpace A slow step, as in walking.
    • n footpace A mat; something on which to place the feet.
    • n footpace A landing or resting-place at the end of a short flight of steps, being a stair or tread broader than the others. Also called half-pace. When it occurs at the angle where the stair turns it is called quarter-pace.
    • n footpace Formerly, the dais in a hall. See the extract.
    • n footpace Eccles., the platform or raised dais upon which an altar immediately stands. It extends a short distance beyond each end of the altar, and two steps lead up to it from the floor of the sanctuary or chancel. Throughout the greater part of the mass or communion-office the celebrant stands on the footpace, the deacon one step and the subdeacon two steps lower; but after the first words of the Gloria in Excelsis and the Creed, and at the Sanctus, the deacon and subdeacon ascend to the priest's side; and the deacon also does so at certain other times, as at the beginning of the canon or prayer of consecration, in order to assist the priest.
    • n footpace A hearthstone.
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Usage

In literature:

It came at a footpace past the wicket-gate of the station, and the doctor stopped it with a whisper.
"The Day's Work, Volume 1" by Rudyard Kipling
Rostov reined in his horse, whose spirits had risen, like his own, at the firing, and went back at a footpace.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
It was a long five miles at a footpace, with that crowd following us until we neared the city.
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
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